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Tweetsie Trail sign installed at Alabama Street trailhead

Aug 27, 2014   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments

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“Tweetsie Trail task force chairman Dr. Dan Schumaier shook hands with Johnson City Director of Public Works director Phil Pindzola as Rod Snyder, owner of Snyder Signs, helped install the Tweetsie Trail sign at the entrance Tuesday, all celebrating a key piece of construction to aid in the opening of the trail.

The sign Snyder’s business donated, an in-kind donation worth roughly $24,000, is an idea Snyder began considering in November. After collaborating with the city and installing the sign his senior graphic designer Ted Tubbs came up with, Snyder said he knows it was the right thing to do because he’ll bike the trail plenty with his family and that the trail will be something the region will enjoy from years to come.

At about 1,800 pounds, 24 feet long and 18 feet above the paved entrance, made with materials donated by General Shale, the sign provides the official entrance to the ultimately 10-mile trail that will connect Johnson City with Elizabethton.

A ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday at 2 p.m. and the Tweetsie Trail Trek, a 4.3-mile running event and post-run party will happen on Saturday, August 30 at 8:30 a.m. The run will be starting at Lions Field and bringing runners and walkers to the Alabama Street trailhead where the post-run ceremony will begin.”

Johnson City Press, Tony Casey, August 27, 2014

Read more: Tweetsie Trail sign installed at Alabama Street trailhead | Johnson City Press

Coming soon to Tweetsie Trail…….”

May 5, 2014   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments

“Employees at Snyder Signs in Johnson City were busy working on the new Tweetsie Trail sign Friday.  The sign will be erected at the entrance of the 10-mile trail, which is being constructed along the old railroad bed from Johnson City to Elizabethton.  The entrance will be located just off Alabama Street.  In the photo, employees are test fitting the letters on the steel trestle framework to be sure proportions are correct.  The sign was then primed and readied for painting, according to a company spokesman.  Snyder Signs President Rod Snyder announced earlier this year that the company would construct the $23,500.00 sign at no cost for the Tweetsie Trail.”

May 5, 2014 edition of Johnson City Press/photo courtesy of Randy Holland.

The Tweetsie Trail Gets A Gateway

Mar 13, 2014   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments

Call it a sign for the times.

“A Rails-to-Trails sign committee meeting was held on Feb. 17 to discuss the signage on the mile trek in Johnson City. Rod Snyder, president, Snyder Signs, Inc., was invited to attend that meeting to give input about the signage on the 10 mile trail.

“Rod Snyder was going to simply come up with the design for the entrance of the trail and so we let him do his thing and this is what he came up with.”said Task Force Chairman Dr. Dan Schumaier at Tuesday’s Rails to Trails Task Force meeting.  What Snyder came up with was a virtual gateway for the trailhead at Alabama Street. “The more I looked at the trail, the gravity and importance of this project to the community became clear to me. This is a landmark project, and I felt like it was important for us to be a part of it;  to offer something that maybe would be beyond the normal dollars and cents that we would offer for a project like this.

“When I saw what the Tweetsie Trail was and what it could be, I knew that the beginning of the trail needed a gateway that people would walk through and that it would be there at the trailhead for a very, very long time. That’s pretty neat. It’s iconic, it’s not really a sign, it’s an image gateway entry,” said Snyder.  Snyder also knew all of his employees would have a hand in creating the entrance way onto the new trail so he asked them for their input. “I couldn’t do this on my own without our employees being 100 percent on board.  I spoke with the staff, and I told them that I thought that this would be a good opportunity for us to step up and donate this to the community. It’s what we do and how we do things.  The staff agreed this was a great project.  “We don’t get a chance to do something like this very often. Sometimes the project isn’t a good fit, it’s just not the right one, but we all agreed that this was exactly what we needed to do.” shared Snyder. “Our employees will see this sign, they’ll walk and ride on the trail. They’ll be able to tell their children and family members that they had a part in building the gateway to the Tweetsie Trail. It’s a legacy for us as a company and for each individual who is employed at Snyder Signs.”

The gateway is 20 feet wide with a 14 foot pass under. The masonry work on the sides will have donations plaques embedded into it. The trestle structure will be fabricated from steel at Snyder Signs, the cross members will be steel and will have bolts that will mimic the old time bolt and rivet structure used in railroad trestle and the logos on either side will be illuminated at night.”


BY TAMMY CHILDRESS, Johnson City News and Neighbor, March 8, 2014


Snyder Signs donating sign to mark entrance to Tweetsie Trail

Mar 6, 2014   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments


Snyder Signs to donate sign to mark start of Tweetsie Trail

Snyder Signs to donate sign to mark start of Tweetsie Trail

Johnson City Press

March 5th, 2014 3:12 pm by Tony Casey

“As the donations and fundraising efforts accumulate, the Tweetsie Trail keeps getting better and better.

The monthly Rails-to-Trails Task Force meeting resulted with big news from a local businessman and members, including word from Snyder Signs’ President Rod Snyder that his company would be making a donation valued at $23,500 by building an entrance sign to the trail that starts just off Alabama Street.

“Our company discussed a fitting way to have a correct entrance to such an asset for Johnson City,” Snyder announced Tuesday night. “We felt this was a great thing for Synder Signs to be involved with to give back to the community.”

The entrance would have brick foundations on each side, which would hold the names of other donors to the project, as well as be spanned by a steel trestle structure that would read “Tweetsie Trail,” and mark the beginning of the 10-mile recreational trail between Johnson City and Elizabethton. It would be located just past a parking lot section made by Public Works Director Phil Pindzola’s crew, which has been working on the trail since before the start of the New Year.

Task Force Chairman Dr. Dan Schumaier said the entrance will be an elegant entrance to the trail, and joked he could picture people taking selfies in front of the sign.”

Read more: Firm to donate sign to mark start of trail | Johnson City Press


Coba Cocina Restaurant, Lexington, KY

Aug 19, 2013   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments


Snyder Signs, Inc. is proud to have been the sign company of choice for the exterior and interior signage at Coba Cocina Restaurant, Lexington, KY.

“From the food to the architecture to the unique concept, Coba Cocina is certainly a distinct Lexington restaurant, and a dream years in the making for the project’s founders, father-and-son Phil and Lee Greer of Greer Companies, a local hospitality and real estate development company headquartered in Lexington whose portfolio also includes 35 Cheddar’s restaurants in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. The restaurant is actually three separate, but complementary, concepts: Cocoh! Confectioner, a bakery, cafe and gelateria; Cobar Cantina, an upstairs lounge with a specific small pate (tapas) menu; and Coba Cocina, the intricately decorated downstairs restaurant with seating for nearly 230 people (the entire building can sit upwards of 400 people).”

Chevy Chaser Magazine, March 14, 2013

Click the link below for a video montage of the Coba Cocina signs………

Coba Cocina

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Jun 10, 2013   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments

The Island entrance signMellow Mushroom night shot at the Island

“The Island in Pigeon Forge is a new retail and entertainment center in the heart of Pigeon Forge.  It features restaurants, shopping, attractions, and a 200-foot-high observation wheel, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, which offers spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains.   Phase 2 of The Island in Pigeon Forge will include the construction of a show fountain and a 132 room 4-star hotel. Both of these projects are scheduled to begin construction in the fall of this year with an anticipated opening in Spring 2014.”

Snyder Signs is proud to have been the sign company chosen to design, fabricate and install many of the unique signs that you will see throughout The Island.

Science Hill Veterans Memorial

May 24, 2013   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments

Memorial for SHHS veterans

Science Hill dedicates new veterans memorial

“The names of nearly 40 Hilltoppers were on the minds of many on May 24th, 2013 as the sound of “Taps” rang out at Science Hill High School’s newly-created Alumni Memorial Circle.

In the center of the circle sits the Science Hill Veterans Memorial, which features the names of 38 veteran alumni who were killed in battle.

The project took more than two years to complete and was completely funded through donations from the community.  The city of Johnson City, General Shale, Mitch Cox Companies, Snyder Signs, Inc., Rustic Ridge Landscaping and Tennessee Flag Co. provided materials and labor for the monument.”

Johnson City Press, May 24th, 2013

Snyder Signs Makes the News

Dec 7, 2011   //   by Charity   //   News  //  No Comments

Jim Bailey, WKPT 19 News, stopped by Snyder Signs’ shop to find out what makes our sign company so successful in today’s economy.   Snyder Signs\’ News Segment

First Place Winner – Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport and Tennessee Museum of Aviation

Jun 25, 2011   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments


Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport

Snyder Signs wins first place in the Electronic Monument Sign 2011 Signs Of The Times Electric Sign Contest.  The winning sign was custom designed and fabricated for the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport and Tennessee Museum of Aviation.

“Although the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge airport is in a populous area near Sevierville, TN, few people know it exists, according to Snyder’s operations manager, Randy Holland. Snyder Signs used a scale model of a Lear jet to build the 11-ft.-long replica using CNC-routed HDU, which it subsequently coated in fiberglass. The design team used Autodesk’s 3DS Max dimensional software. The aluminum letters are backlit with LEDs, and locally quarried stone was used to fabricate the base.”

Signs of the Times Magazine April 2011

Mellow Mushroom Sign is Cover Photo for “Signs of the Times”

Mar 28, 2011   //   by Randy Holland   //   News  //  No Comments



Snyder Signs designed, built and installed this custom sign for the Mellow Mushroom Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN.  The sign was featured on the cover of the April 2011 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. Snyder Signs won First Place in the Best Electronic Message Centers category 2011 Signs Of The Times Electric Sign Contest for this custom designed sign.

Signs of the Times Magazine, April 2011


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